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Long-time New England Revolution forward Pat Noonan has reached an agreement on a new contract with Major League Soccer in a deal expected to be finalized in the coming days, a source with knowledge of the deal told SBI on Tuesday.
Just which MLS team Noonan will play for remains to be seen.
New England holds Noonan’s rights but several teams have expressed interest in the striker. The San Jose Earthquakes and Columbus Crew are the leading candidates though the Revs could choose to keep Noonan.
Noonan left MLS after last season and spent half a season playing for Aalesunds of the Norwegian first division. He struggled for playing time with Aalesunds and expressed a desire to return. The Columbus Crew expressed interest but New England, which still held Noonan’s rights despite not picking up the option year on his contract last season (apparently the Revs retained the rights after offering Noonan a new contract at similar money to his old contract).
MLS is still finalizing transfer details with Aalesunds, which still had Noonan under contract. Once that is settled, the Noonan sweepstakes will begin.
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